Published on July 4th, 2011 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg4
The Monolithic Dome: efficient, durable, disaster-resistant building
UPDATE: We’ve published part two of Aaron’s interview with the Monolithic Dome Institute.
Back in May, I got a chance to spend some time with fellow Important Media contributor Aaron Fown, who was coming through St. Louis as a part of his ongoing travels creating his Trip for Life video series. Aaron’s been driving around the US finding green inspiration and success stories, and documenting them on video… 40 episodes of the series are available on his Youtube channel.
One of the more recent installments focused on a building technique that was new to me: the Monolithic Dome. Sure, I know about Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome; this offshoot concept supposedly makes for easier construction while providing environmental benefits (such as insanely strong insulation qualities), along with the strength and durability of concrete. Among the places currently looking at using them: Joplin, Missouri.
Aaron traveled to Italy, Texas, and sat down with the Monolithic Dome Institute‘s CEO David South to discuss the building concept and its benefits (including some impressive tornado stories). You can check out the first part of The Trip for Life feature on the monolithic dome above.
What do you think? Impressive? A little too odd looking? Share your thoughts with us…